Jack Woolley secures Olympic qualification in taekwondo
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Dublin taekwondo star Jack Woolley has secured his place at next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Following on from his French Open silver medal last month in Paris, Woolley had to wait until the final qualifying event took place before his place at the Olympics was guaranteed.
It was Wooley’s eighth podium finish of the year, following on from his successes around the world, including gold medals in the Australian and Turkish Open and he will now become the first Irish athlete to compete in taekwondo at the Olympics.
The 21-year-old Tallaght native also won silver medal at the US Open and the European Championships.
And as a result of Friday’s outcome, where Chinese rival Yushuai Liang failed to reach the final of the World Taekwondo Grand Slam, the South Dublin Taekwondo star secured his spot at the 2020 Games.
“I’m just relieved to be honest,” said Woolley, speaking to The Echo.
“We got really excited about this two weeks ago, thinking we had done it, and then when we heard it might not happen, it was just the worst feeling in the world.
“But now that I’ve qualified, I’m just so relieved. I’m still waiting for it to sink in.